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Naval Weapons

First Sea Ceptor firings from Type 23

05 September 2017

Key Points

  • HMS Argyll undertook first-of-class firings of the GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area air defence system in July
  • Sea Ceptor will replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf point defence missile system

The Royal Navy (RN) Type 23 Duke-class frigate HMS Argyll has completed initial firings of the new GWS 35 Sea Ceptor local area air defence system, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 4 September.

The main motor on a CAMM missile fires after a 'soft' vertical launch from HMS Argyll (MBDA)The main motor on a CAMM missile fires after a 'soft' vertical launch from HMS Argyll (MBDA)

Argyll , the oldest of the 13 Type 23s remaining in RN service, performed first-of-class firings on the MoD Hebrides range off northwest Scotland during a two-week period in July. Sea Ceptor is to be retrofitted to all 13 ships to replace the GWS 26 Mod 1 VL Seawolf (VLSW) point defence missile system, which will reach the end of its life in 2020.

Developed and manufactured by MBDA UK under the umbrella of the company’s Portfolio Management Agreement with the MoD, the Sea Ceptor system is founded on the 'soft-launch' Common Anti-air Modular Missile (CAMM), which uses active radar homing, supported by mid-course guidance updates, to deliver an all-weather engagement against multiple simultaneous targets. Unlike VLSW, which is a short-range point defence system, the extended range (25 km) and multiple simultaneous engagement capability offered by Sea Ceptor will afford protection for both the host ship and high-value units in consort.

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